KIMBELL ART MUSEUM
From the Lands of Asia
Exhibition: On view March 4—August 19, 2018 in the Piano Pavilion.
When Sam Myers was sent to Paris by his law firm in the mid-1960s, he and his
wife Myrna became so enamored with the city that they decided to make it
their home. There, over the course of fifty years, they built an extraordinary
art collection. Beginning by acquiring Greek and Roman antiquities, and
eventually focusing on Asia, the Myers ended up assembling some five thousand
works that, together, offer a very personal vision of the world of Asian art.
This exhibition presents over four hundred objects selected from this
remarkable collection, which until now has never been exhibited publicly
in the United States, with works representing key periods in the history of
the art of China, Japan, Tibet, and Korea.
The exhibition revolves around a passion for Asia and covers a broad historical
range, from the Neolithic era to modern times. The objects are also highly
varied in nature, from porcelain, ivory, and precious stones such as jade and
rock crystal to Buddhist art and textiles and stunning costumes from Central
Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan. Each treasure is exceptional in its shape,
rarity, quality, function, or inherent message. The exhibition recounts
fascinating historical events through themes such as the symbolism of Chinese
jade, the trade in blue-and-white porcelain, Buddhism, Noh theater, the
Japanese samurai, the tea ceremony, and the scholar's studio. The astonishing
array of outstanding works of art in the Myers collection is testimony to
Asia's rich cultural heritage and unique customs and offers a broad panorama
of Asian history in all its beauty and diversity.
About the Collection
The Kimbell's permanent collection is small in size, comprising fewer than 350
works of art, and is distinguished by an extraordinary level of artistic quality
and importance. The idea of building a choice collection of representative
masterpieces was established by the Board of Directors of the Kimbell Art
Foundation in consultation with Museum's first director, Richard F. (Ric)
Brown, in a Policy Statement of June 1, 1966:
The dominating principle involved in the acquisition process is that the
stature of the Museum depends more upon the quality of the definitive objects
that it contains than on the historical completeness of its collections. A
prospective addition to the collections, therefore, is to be judged from the
standpoint of aesthetic quality and typicality, and whether it defines a master,
period, school, style, or area. The goal shall be definitive excellence, not
size of collection.
Leaving to older and larger institutions the role of collecting broadly and in
depth, the Kimbell has continued to pursue quality over quantity. Its holdings
range from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century and include major
works by Duccio, Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Bernini, Rembrandt,
Goya, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Mondrian, and Matisse. The collection comprises
Asian and non-Western as well as European art, and extends only to the mid-20th
century in recognition that this is where the collection of the Modern Art Museum
of Fort Worth begins, and omits American art since this is the focus of another
neighboring institution, the Amon Carter Museum.
The Kimbell's select holdings of antiquities range from the Egyptian Old Kingdom of the third millennium B.C. through ancient Assyria, Greece, and Rome, and to the Early Christian Church in the fifth century.
The collection of European paintings and sculpture is remarkably rich in works of the Italian Renaissance, although its fullest and most celebrated holdings are in Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Flemish works of the 17th century.
The Asian collection comprises sculptures, paintings, bronzes, ceramics, and works of decorative art from China, Korea, Japan, India, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia, and Thailand.
Precolumbian art is represented by Maya works in ceramic, stone, shell, and jade; Olmec, Zapotec, and Aztec sculpture; and pieces from the Conte and Wari cultures.
African and Oceanic Art
The African collection consists primarily of bronze, wood, and terracotta sculpture from West and Central Africa, including examples from Nigeria, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Oceanic art is represented by a Maori figure.
About The Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is
internationally renowned for both its collections and for its architecture.
The Kimbell's collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century
and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo,
Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Monet, Picasso and Matisse; important
collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and Asian, Mesoamerican
and African art.
The Museum's building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is
widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the
modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect
Renzo Piano, is scheduled to open November 27, 2013, and will provide space
for special exhibitions, allowing the Kahn building to showcase the permanent collection.
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